EA Sports Announces DLC for SSX

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Posted April 16th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

“Classic” downloadable content will be coming to SSX on May 1. EA Sports today revealed plans for the DLC detailing the content and pricing. The “Mt. Eddie Pack” and “Classic Characters Pack” will be available for $6 individually or $8 bundled together. 

Mt. Eddie Pack
•Mt. Eddie – an over the top, TRICKY inspired, ultra-long track (9 drops)
•Retro music tracks including two from previous SSX games

Classic Characters Pack
•SSX classic cast featuring 7 characters
•Each character comes with an assortment of outfit colourways
•7 unique snowboards – one for each of the characters in the pack

SSX struggled to gain traction in the marketplace with the price of the game quickly dropping all the way down to $30 within just a couple weeks. Though the “classic” DLC will surely interest the hardcore fans of the series it may be asking a bit much to expect additional investment in the product from the more general or casual segment of consumers.

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  • Keith.

    In other news today:

    “SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Game publisher Electronic Arts Inc (EA.O) has an internal shakeup in the works, according to several reports about the web today. EA moved on Monday to squash rumors it will lay off between 500 and 1,000 employees in an attempt to cut costs and trim its headcount.

    The reports, and EA’s responses, raise interesting questions as to what branches of the company might be losing staff and what branches might be growing. Startup Grind points out that while EA boasted of moving more than 2 million units of Star Wars: The Old Republic in its latest quarterly earnings report, the massively-budgeted MMORPG may still not be performing up to expectations. China may be a target for expansion — EA recently announced a partnership to bring its lucrative social-gaming version of The Sims to the Chinese market, where online and social gaming are vastly more popular than console and traditional PC games.

    EA’s stock price fell by just shy of a dollar today, leaving it at $15.21 per share when the markets closed. Since peaking at more than $25 per share in early November 2011, EA stock has been on a steady slide.

    Even the hint of layoffs isn’t the best news for EA, which has taken a number of blows on the public relations front recently. The embattled publisher beat out too-big-to-fail Bank of America to be dubbed the worst company in the United States a few weeks ago, and though its outward response was rather flippant, within EA the award may have left a mark. Anonymous whistleblowers have lately alleged that the company has been using shady viral marketing practices to shore up its reputation.”

    • Keith.

      That next EA investor conference call on May 2nd can’t get here soon enough. Man, it’s going to be fun listening to Riccotello talk about the “positive” quarter EA has had…lol.

      • CharlieScene

        Do you realize that you post ea hatred nearly every time you post? Are you a disgruntled ex-employee? You are obsessed. Find religion or an Atari 2600.

        • Keith.

          Thanks. Glad you noticed. Check back the night of May 2nd for even more entertainment (if your not busy writing the next EA Game Changer journal entry).

        • EA Sports is recycled garbage

          Do you realize that you came here to complain about what Keith is saying but yet and still, you yourself said nothing about the actual posted article? Maybe you’re obsessed more with what Keith had to say than what seemingly great EA news that Pasta had to share? Ya think?

          Now…lets try this again Charlie…” EA Sports Announces DLC for SSX”.

          Soooo…what is it you would like to say about this information, and Charlie…please try not to sound like a little bitch.

  • Erzz

    $8 isnt too bad for this. ive gotten many hours out of this game already.

  • Simgamer

    PP, what were the sales figures for this game as well as NFL Blitz?

    • Keith.

      Or Grand Slam 2? What about FIFA Street? TW13? Nobody’s saying, and no EA press releases to be found.

      Just big fire sales, and no Christmas season in sight. (Then again, EA lost a few hundred million dollars over the last holiday quarter so maybe that’s a good thing for them.)

      • Ghoti34

        http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2012-04-16-fifa-street-back-on-top

        EA force pushes Kinect Star Wars off top spot to dominate UK chart

        Not even Jedi mind powers were enough to hold off EA this week, as FIFA
        Street regained its place at the top of the UK software chart, knocking
        Kinect Star Wars down to fourth place.

        So, in a fairly uneventful week for the top 20, EA managed to dominate
        the top three spots, with FIFA Street enjoying its fourth time at 1,
        Mass Effect 3 jumping back up to 2 and FIFA 12 rising to 3.

        There was only one new entry in the entire top 40 this week, with Nintendo’s Pandora’s Tower sneaking in at 38.

        All chart data is courtesy of GfK Chart-Track.

        Last Week
        This Week
        Title

        2
        1
        FIFA Street

        3
        2
        Mass Effect 3

        4
        3
        FIFA 12

        1
        4
        Kinect Star Wars

        5
        5
        Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13

        6
        6
        Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

        10
        7
        The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

        9
        8
        Battlefield 3

        8
        9
        Mario & Sonic London 2012 Olympic Games

        7
        10
        SSX

        11
        11
        Saints Row: The Third

        12
        12
        Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure

        16
        13
        Assassin’s Creed: Revelations

        Re-entry
        14
        Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City

        13
        15
        Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo

        17
        16
        Just Dance 3

        15
        17
        Batman: Arkham City

        14
        18
        Mario Party 9

        19
        19
        LEGO Harry Potter: years 5 – 7

        Re-entry
        20
        WWE 12

        • Ghoti34

           Weekly Software Charts

           Global 

          Global Top Sellers 07th April 2012

          1
          X360
          Kinect Star Wars
          421,293

          2
          PSP
          Dai-2-Ji Super Robot Taisen Z Saisei-hen
          262,812

          3
          X360
          Kinect Adventures!
          179,859

          4
          Wii
          Xenoblade Chronicles
          168,852

          5
          3DS
          Kid Icarus: Uprising
          88,798

          6
          X360
          Mass Effect 3
          76,348

          7
          PS3
          Devil May Cry HD Collection
          67,280

          8
          3DS
          Mario Kart 7
          64,713

          9
          PS3
          FIFA Street
          63,859

          10
          3DS
          Super Mario 3D Land
          62,043

          • Keith.

            Thanks — I’d seen the UK numbers on joystiq yesterday.  Unfortunately for EA, the top of the UK chart only means 40,000 sold (unlike the US, where the top of the chart can range from 250,000-1 million in a week).  In the US, it looks like Fifa Street sold about 18,000 copies last week, and at $30, that’s not a lot of coin in EA’s pocket.  

          • EA Sports is recycled garbage

             LOL. Knowledge is power and you just keep shutting em down as always Keith. Too funny.

          • Ghoti34

            Agreed. With games like FIFA Street and NFL Blitz, EA has an obligation with those licensees to put out a brand extension of the major titles (FIFA and Madden).  So it’s tough to say what the sales/revenue expectations are for those types of titles.  Despite the f layoff rumors, EA SPORTS has been growing considerably in both Orlando, Vancouver, and a little in Austin.  I don’t know if throwing wood on the fire will result in better games, but it would appear that they are at least spending additional money and reinvesting that revenue. 

            As far as competitive price dropping, who knows that the strategy is there.  Will EA offer a bundle package like 2K.  It kinda reminds me of the restaurant industry and the strategy of Chili’s and Fridays.  As soon as one chain offers all day happy hour the other does the same.  When one chain offer a 2 for $20 option (one appetizer, two meals, and a dessert for $20) the other does the same.  But yet if you look the chains owned by Darden (olive garden, red lobster, etc..) you didn’t see them going the price war route, but rather you see them doing other strategic promotions based around new entrees and stuff that appeal to their target audience (old people and families).  I guess OG is trying to compete with Panera and simillar by offering the soup, salad,  and bread sticks route – but if you go to OG that Tour of Italy entree picture sure looks like a better option that SS&BS.

            Lastly, looking at sales figures, you would have to think that a game that is made annually or even a spin off of an annual game in which the dev cycle is one year or less wouldn’t be expected to sale as much as 1st party or games with a 3 year dev cycle.  It’s all about target audience and appealing to your core consumers who are the ones that ultimately keep the title profitable. 

  • ……..

    This DLC should be included for free since the game is worth $30 now……why try to get as much money out of people when most of them didn’t even buy the game.

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